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    Man oh Man.. you put the fan in fanatic!

    That is fantastic. NICE!

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    Five years ago I made landscaping for the first time. There were 10 t 15 buildings. Every year since, I’ve built entirely new landscapes to accommodate my wife’s new acquisitions. Last year the trolly was new. This year we added the train. There are now over 60 lighted buildings, not including the little kiosks, huts and boats. And who knows how many figurines.
    We’re already making changes for next year.��
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    How do you store it? Or is Xmas a 365 day a year event at your house?

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    Wow so many hours to build such a huge city with motorized animations and incredible detail. Nicely done
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    When we were kids, my Dad got into HO trains. That was some pretty cool fun but I didn't realize the costs involved at the time. Ours was nothing as clean and crisp as yours but it was still cool to have a river coming off a mountain and a tunnel through that mountain. I also wondered how you stored all that without it getting messed up somehow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40FordDeluxe View Post
    When we were kids, my Dad got into HO trains. That was some pretty cool fun.

    Were they DIESEL trains Ryan? LOL...
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    All of the buildings are stored in their original styrofoam packaging and boxes. Most of the figurines in their original plastic bubble packaging. The trees and figurines stack in large plastic tubs and everything is packed into an upstairs closet.

    For many years I tossed all the carved landscaping into the trash. Carolynn was getting so much new stuff on sale after each Christmas, that I knew next years village would have to be bigger. And I kept finding new landscape ideas (waterfalls, grotos, ski slope, etc...) to incorporate. So the previous years foam was practically useless.

    Until last year, the base was folding plastic tables. Made it hard to run all the wires. The base is now plywood on sawhorses and simple 2x3 supports. It all breaks down and gets stored flat in the garage. The new shop will have lots of attic storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fauxre View Post
    .....The new shop will have lots of attic storage.
    Consider boxing in an opening in the attic floor and forming a drop down insert that drops down via an electric winch. Make your insert so that it's level with the attic floor for easy loading & unloading, and put a railing with gate around it to keep people from walking onto your "elevator", or falling through the hole. The older we get the more difficult it is to tote things up & down a set of attic steps. Young grandkids might want to ride up & down, though..... only when Grandma's not watching.
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    Lumber arrived last Friday. Now if it would just stop raining long enough for me to do some framing.

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    Don't know about you wes, but we got 3.24 " of rain here 30 miles away from you in 24 hours! Thank god I got off work for the first 4 hours so I saw the back yard flooding towards the house. I have a dry well with a sump pump that didn't kick on, I think the float is getting stuck on it's guide rod. Fortunately a little tug to it's plug jostled it into action. Took about 5 minutes to stem the tide, but kept kicking on so that when I got home no water back there. Amazing the freak weather across the nation right now!
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    With the help of my nephew, I was able to build and erect these two 12' wall sections on Saturday before the rain started.
    Two more days of rain, then at least a week of dry weather ahead. Hoping for some major progress.
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    Hey, that's a start! Nice work. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with you!
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    Progress

     



    I'm not as far along as I'd hoped, but there has been progress on the shop.


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    Nice! Just in time for the rain! Should be a great shop for you nice high ceilings with lots of space with nice beefy beams!
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